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Federal grand jury indicts 24 members of MS-13 for murder, money laundering conspiracy

July 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal grand jury indicts 24 members of MS-13 for murder, money laundering conspiracy Albaro Rosa-Moreno (left) Miguel Lopez-Abrego (right)

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A federal grand jury in Maryland handed down felony indictments against 24 MS-13 gang members on a litany of charges including the murder of five people, conspiring to kill eight people, abductions, extortions, and drug trafficking.

The six-count indictment accuses the MS-13 members of participating in racketeering enterprises between 2015 and 2017. Those activities include murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

The co-conspirators named in the indictment reportedly killed five people in Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. Three of those victims were reportedly dismembered.

The group also attempted to kill eight other individuals. At least one of those people were reported to have been attacked with a machete.

Other attacks include the shooting of one victim in the head. Others were kidnapped and at least one was threatened with a firearm to his head during an extortion demand.

Two of the gang members named in the indictment identified as Miguel Lopez Abrego, 22, and Albaro Rosa Moreno 23, each stand accused in the brutal stabbing death of an informant in September 2017.

Some of the remaining gang members indicted are identified as:

Darvin Guerra Zacarias, 26
Ervin Arrue Figureoa, 19;
Luis Fernando Cruz Rodriguez, 21
Miguel Lopez Abrego, 30
Jorge Raul Guerra Castillo, 36
Juan Carlos Sandoval Rodriguez, 19
Albaro Rosa Moreno, A/K/A “Slow”, 23;
Carlos Hernandez Diaz, 25
Francisco Ramierez Pena, 24
Carlos Ventura Morales, 30
Danny Hernandez Solorzano, 20
Edwin Ruiz Urrutia, 19
Ronald Mendez Sosa, 20
Brenda Argueta Argueta, 19
Jose Alberto Sibrian Garcia, 26
Darwin Arias Mejia, 25
Milton Portillio Rodriguez, 23

Prosecutors added that all but one of the indicted individuals are members or associates of the Fulton Locotes Salvatrucha Fulton group of MS-13. One other defendant, Rosa Moreno, is reportedly part of the Parkview Locos Salvatrucha clique.

“MS-13 is one of the most violent gangs on the streets,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a Justice Department press release. “Working with state and local partners, and using the tools of our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, we are determined to dismantle this organization to make our communities safer.”

“This indictment is a result of the work and dedication shared by state, local, and federal authorities in their efforts to combat gangs in our communities,” Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson, of the FBI’s Baltimore Division, said in a statement. “We are committed to combating this epidemic of violence that takes young lives and creates fear in communities. The FBI and our partners will aggressively pursue gangs wherever they surface and are steadfast in making Maryland a safe place.”

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cochran highlighted the level of savagery connected with being a member of MS-13. “MS-13 is ravaging communities throughout the U.S. with brutal violence, recruiting children to their murderous ranks, destroying families, and leaving behind countless victims,” Cronan stated.

He added that the indictment is illustrative of the Department of Justice’s responsibility to fight violent gangs that prey on communities.

This indictment occurred after six others earlier this year. The charges involved six counts of murder, conspiracy, and racketeering.

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